Match preview: Stevenage v Dagenham and Redbridge

Ben Kennedy is tripped by Adam Chapman

Ben Kennedy is tripped by Adam Chapman - Credit: Archant

Stevenage could record a ‘resounding win’ over Dagenham and Redbridge in League Two, according to manager Graham Westley.

Saturday’s game at the Lamex Stadium (3pm kick-off) brings together two of the leagues form teams, with Stevenage unbeaten in eight and the Daggers’ having won three of their last four matches.

It’s huge turnaround for Wayne Burnett’s team, which had won 10 games in the previous seven months of the season. It makes Daggers, according to Westley, a dangerous proposition.

“They have had a turn in fortunes; their form has improved greatly and they’ve won three of the last four games, which is a good return and a record we can’t afford to underestimate,” said Westley.

“We’ll take nothing for granted. It’s a dangerous game and we will have to play very well. But we also know that if we’re right on our game then we will take three points and resoundingly win the game.”

The last time the teams met, on Boxing Day, Charlie Lee and Chris Whelpdale fired Boro to a 2-0 victory, a result that gives the manager cause for optimism.

He is weary of the threat posed by Jamie Cureton, who didn’t play earlier this season. The Daggers’ 39-year-old striker has netted 15 times this season. In comparison, Boro’s top scorer is Lee with eight. They do, however, they have nine other players with three or more goals.

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“Every team that progresses and goes forward does so as a team and goalscoring is a responsibility of everyone in the team,” said Westley, explaining his philosophy on attacking football.

“Anyone who has paid attention to Stevenage under my manager knows that goals have always been shared around. “Stevenage have never been a team, and I’ve never been a manager, that relies on a main goalscorer. It’s dangerous because if you lose him then you get into trouble.

“I like it that goals are shared around; take anyone out of our team and it doesn’t make any difference, because the team scores the goals. We’re as dangerous from one to 11 as we are at nine.”